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evergreen

[ev-er-green] /ˈɛv ərˌgrin/
adjective
1.
(of trees, shrubs, etc.) having green leaves throughout the entire year, the leaves of the past season not being shed until after the new foliage has been completely formed.
noun
2.
an evergreen plant.
3.
evergreens, evergreen twigs or branches used for decoration.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; ever + green
Related forms
subevergreen, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ever-green

evergreen

/ˈɛvəˌɡriːn/
adjective
1.
(of certain trees and shrubs) bearing foliage throughout the year; continually shedding and replacing leaves Compare deciduous
2.
remaining fresh and vital
noun
3.
an evergreen tree or shrub
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Word Origin and History for ever-green

evergreen

n.

1640s in reference to trees and shrubs, from ever + green (adj.). From 1660s as an adjective. Figurative sense from 1871.

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ever-green in Science
evergreen
  (ěv'ər-grēn')   
Adjective  Having green leaves or needles all year. Evergreen trees lose their leaves individually on an ongoing basis, rather than losing all of them in a short period at the end of a growing season in the manner of deciduous trees. Compare deciduous.

Noun  An evergreen tree, shrub, or plant, such as the pine, holly, or rhododendron.
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Slang definitions & phrases for ever-green

evergreen

modifier

: desperately searching the shelf of ''evergreen'' pieces, hoping to find some picture story that we could tie in with what was happening

noun
  1. (also think piece, thumbsucker) A story that is not news, but penetrating analysis, etc: Such articles, the desperate resort of editorial writers everywhere, are known as evergreens and think pieces (1980s+ Print & broadcast journalism)
  2. A perennial favorite, esp a song; golden oldie (1940s+)

[journalism senses so called because such material is perdurably useful]


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